Matt van den Heuvel

Matt van den Heuvel

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Rock - General | Bellingham, Washington, United States
Member Since: 2015
   Last Login: over 30 days ago
   Sounds Like: The Derek Trucks Band, John Scofield

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Evoking a plethora of sounds and images, the words making up this musical project's appellation paint vivid pictures of things as disparate as watching animals drink as the sun rises on the veldt, to being clustered around a grainy, tinny radio listening to Duke Ellington on a rainy night. There is a wide swath of scope covered here in the title alone, and the music certainly surpasses it with relentless ambition and focus. In some ways the album acts as an aural journey, we start with hints of civilization, rhythmic patterns paying homage to the musical traditions not only of the savanna, but also of the desert, the jungle, and river deltas both Nile and Mississippi. Over the course of the album, the musicians explore a variety of moods tones and styles, ranging far afield of any narrow genre connotation, potentially evoking comparisons to people but ultimately sounding like no one but themselves. Is it funk? Hell yeah it's funky, but this isn't one of those parliament 'everything is